Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 2/20

Andy Lyons

Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

Chiefs release Receiver Breaston, Tight End Boss from KC Star

The Chiefs have work to do at both positions. At tight end, they are left with Tony Moeaki, who one year after missing the entire 2011 season with a knee injury caught 33 passes and a touchdown. Steve Maneri, a backup last season, has no contract for 2013 but is under the Chiefs' control.

Jake O'Connell and Martin Rucker are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents.

The wide receivers under contract for next season include Baldwin, who caught 20 passes last season, Dexter McCluster (52) and Terrance Copper (8).

Their leading wide receiver is Dwayne Bowe, who caught 59 passes last year. Bowe played last season under a one-year contract as the Chiefs' franchise player. He is a candidate for the franchise tag again this year.

Chiefs Release Steve Breaston, Kevin Boss from The Mothership

Steve Breaston and Kevin Boss are no longer members of the Kansas City Chiefs, the team announced today.

During his two seasons (2011-12) with the Chiefs, Breaston appeared in 26 games, including 17 starts and totaled 68 receptions for 859 yards and two TDs.

His lone carry went for 25 yards and he also had one punt return for 21 yards.

Kansas City Chiefs Release Steve Breaston, Kevin Boss from NFL.com

Moves like these could help the Chiefs sign big ticket items like wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and tackleBranden Albert. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that the Chiefs are in long-term talks with both players. One of them could wind up getting the franchise tag.

Chiefs Cut Veterans Steve Breaston And Kevin Boss from USA Today

Boss, who has a history of concussions dating back to his first few seasons with the New York Giants, now faces an uncertain future after suffering another head injury that landed him on injured reserve last season after only two games with the Chiefs. He signed a three-year deal with Kansas City after being cut by the Oakland Raiders. He was scheduled to make $2.4 million in 2013.

Why Bart Scott Would Make Sense In K.C. from ESPN

There are reasons to think the Chiefs could be interested in Scott. It starts with the presence of new Kansas City defensive coordinator Bob Sutton. He was Scott's position coach in all four of the linebacker's seasons in New York. If Sutton thinks Scott can help the Chiefs, I'm sure he'd push for him.

Kansas City also could use a veteran inside linebacker.

Inside Free Agency - Day 10: Alex Smith from The Mothership

Name: Alex Smith

Position: QB
Height: 6'4
Weight: 217
College: Utah
Born: May 7, 1984 (Seattle, Washington)
Age: 28
Experience: 8 years
Drafted: 2005, 1st Round-1st pick overall by the San Francisco 49ers

Smith just completed his seventh NFL season (missed the 2008 season with a broken shoulder), including 75 starts in 80 games. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter believes that the 49ers will attempt to trade Smith this offseason.

Regardless of the team Alex Smith plays for, let's look at some of his notable strengths and weaknesses.

Report: Former Ute QB Alex Smith 'Likely' To Be Traded To The Kansas City Chiefs from The Deseret News

In 1992 an injured Montana, who had been the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers before missing the entire 1991 season with an elbow injury, was benched in favor of a younger, more mobile Steve Young, who subsequently led the 49ers on a deep playoff run. In April 1993, Montana was traded by the 49ers to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Sound familiar?

Fast forward 20 years, and former San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Alex Smith, who after recovering from a concussion was benched in favor of the younger and more mobile Colin Kaepernick, is being pursued by the Kansas City Chiefs, according to reports.

Is Nassib Right Fit In KC? from FOX Sports Kansas City

Fox Sports' Peter Schrager, ESPN's Mel Kiper and NFL Network's Mike Mayock all agree on one thing:

The Chiefs will not take a quarterback with their first overall pick.

Of course, the Chiefs almost certainly will draft at least one, perhaps two quarterbacks, in later rounds.

So, which ones make the most sense for coach Andy Reid's system?

New K.C. regime Starts To Clean House from ESPN

The primary job of the new brass in Kansas City is to upgrade the offense.

On Tuesday, it made two moves that are reminders of failures of the last regime in an attempt to better the offense.

The Chiefs cut receiver Steve Breaston and tight end Kevin Boss. Breaston was signed two years ago in free agency and Boss was picked up last year. Both moves were met with enthusiasm in Kansas City.

AFC Veterans On The Roster Bubble from NFL.com

Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback: Benched twice for Brady Quinn last season, Cassel has reached the point in which a change of scenery is needed for himself as well as Chiefs fans. Due $7.5 million, he has no chance of returning. It will be interesting to see if he reunites with Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels in New England, allowing the Patriots to shop backup Ryan Mallett.

Matt Barkley, Geno Smith Out To Prove 2013 Draft's QBs Are Franchise Players from USA Today

Matt Barkley, Geno Smith and Tyler Wilson are tired of the (unfavorable) comparisons from experts who insist the 2013 NFL draft's top quarterback prospects don't stack up with Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III as sure-fire, rock-star franchise players.

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay went so far as to say he doesn't see a first-rounder among a crop he says is the antithesis of last year's draft -- in which Luck and Griffin established themselves early as the top two picks to the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins, respectively.

Chris Canty Update from ESPN

Defensive end Chris Canty is expected to make more visits after the combine. He visited the Chiefs last week and they could still end up signing him. But the process may take a couple of weeks.

A Game Of Tag from National Football Post

Kansas City Chiefs: Re-signing wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and left tackle Brenden Albert is a priority. Bowe may regret that he didn't insist on a franchise tag prohibition clause before he signed his $9.515 million franchise tender in August. He can be franchised for a second time at $11.418 million. Instead of franchising Bowe or Albert, the Chiefs could go the economical route by using their tag on Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt.

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